MIDLAND - Tornadoes can blow into our lives through divorce, sudden illness and loss.
For Shannyn Caldwell, a 1988 Iron Mountain High School graduate, the tornado in Montgomery, Ohio, was a literal one that struck on April 9, 1999, killing both her parents, Lee and Jacque Cook.
As many who have weathered one of life's storms do, Caldwell lived broken. For years she was among the empty and the lost, but worst of all, the hopeless.
Shannyn Caldwell has written a book, "The Healing Season, How a deadly tornado nearly destroyed and completely reshaped my faith" to explain how she dealt with the loss of her parents.
The book marks the 15-year anniversary of the tragic tornado. Jacque Cook, noted for her social work, was born in Norway and graduated from Norway High School in 1966
Caldwell found that the age-old adage, "Time heals all wounds," was a myth. Like many, she sought peace in mediation, yoga, talk therapy and romance but was amazed to find healing in the one place she'd never dreamed to look - the healer, The Lord Jesus.
"There are millions of people trudging through the daily grind and barely getting by," Caldwell said. "They are on emotional life support. Many have given up hope of restoration and healing.
"But Jesus is the God of all hope. When he says he draws near to the broken hearted. He means it. He can and will give us a garment of praise for heaviness if only we will ask, and sometimes ask again."
Caldwell is the host of the nationally syndicated Christian morning show, "Peter and Shannyn in the Morning," on Family Life Radio. Married and the mother of two children, she is a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for the broken and the beautiful in all walks of life.
Caldwell lived in Norway and Iron Mountain from 1984 to 1998.
Fun at Pine Mountain and summers at Lake Antoine are lasting memories.
"Just having that quick access to nature was a real blessing," she said.
"The Healing Season" is available on Amazon ($14.95 paperback, $6.95 Kindle). To order directly, email Shannyn@ShannynCaldwell.com.